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We are always charmed by Sri Lanka’s rolling green hills, the ancient UNESCO sites and its rich history and culture. With the pandemic situation, we find ourselves missing the Pearl of the Indian Ocean quite a bit. But guess what? The country is now open again for tourism. Check out Sri Lanka Covid-19 Travel Requirements below! For all travellers regardless of your vaccination status: You don’t need to seek approval from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or Civil Aviation Authority to enter Sri Lanka.There is no minimum stay requirement. What is Sri Lanka’s Bio-Bubble? Not-vaccinated and not-fully-vaccinated travellers are required to stay and travel within Sri Lanka’s Bio-Bubble for a designated amount of time depending on your vaccination status. The Bio-Bubble is a program which allows those who are not fully vaccinated to explore the country safely. Within the program are several hotels and tourist attractions for you to choose…

If you are concerned about being quarantined on holiday, rejoice. Koh Samui is one of the destinations where you can travel without quarantine, thanks to the Samui Plus SandBox program. The program took effect on July 15, 2021. Read on to find out what you need to know about Samui SandBox. What is Samui Plus SandBox program Under the Samui Plus Sandbox, fully vaccinated travellers from any country can fly to Koh Samui and don’t have to undergo a quarantine period. You will need to stay in an SHA+ villa or hotel. You are allow to travel freely in Koh Samui, Koh Phang Ngan or Koh Tao. Adult travellers (18 years old and above) who are not fully vaccinated will need to quarantine for 10 days. Children who are below 18 years old travelling with vaccinated parents don’t have to be quarantined but will need to do a COVID-19 test…

With palm-fringed beaches, colourful sacred temples and friendly people, Phuket is a dream holiday destination for many travellers. Thanks to the Phuket SandBox program, this paradise island is open again. In this article, we will update any information regarding requirements to enter Phuket. What is the Phuket SandBox program? The Phuket SandBox program allows travellers to enter Phuket. Under this program, if you are vaccinated, you don’t have to quarantine upon arrival. However, you will need to stay in Phuket for at leat 7 nights before travelling to another other destinations in Thailand. Travellers who are 18 years old and above and are unvaccinated will need to quarantine at a AQ Hotel for 10 days. Unvaccinated children under 18 years old who are accompanied by vaccinated parents don’t need to quarantine but will have to do a COVID-19 test upon arrival. Villa Saan, SHA+ Villa in Phuket Phuket SandBox Requirements…

As the pandemic is still going on, and there is new information everyday. Here, we would like to update the Covid-19 travel requirements of the Asian countries/destinations our villas are in. Note: as the rules are complicated depending on your type of travel, in this article, we will only focus on restrictions on non-essential travel, ie. travel for tourism purposes. For quick access, simply click on the country you want to travel to. Indonesia Covid-19 Non-Essential Travel Requirements Current situation: Indonesia is set to reopen its border for travelers from 19 countries from October 14th: Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, New Zealand, Kuwait, Bahrain, Qatar, China, India, Japan, South Korea, Liechtenstein, Italy, France, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Poland, Hungary and Norway. Travellers must be fully vaccinated and will have to quarantine for 5 days upon arrival. (More information here) Since September 16th, visitors from all countries can also enter using a…

An exclusive research by Villa Finder, the leader in villa rentals in Asia-Pacific, on the impact of the travel restrictions on the US$440m villa market in Asia, together with an outlook of the upcoming re-start of the vacation rentals sector in the region The Covid-19 pandemic has heavily impacted the travel industry, and the villa market in the Asia Pacific region is no exception. Border closure, social distancing, new hygiene standards and the overall uncertainty about whether it is safe to travel are some of the changes the market over the past year. In this article, we are going to share more about how the pandemic has affected the APAC villa rental market, how villa owners have coped with this and also what the future will look like for villa rental. The APAC villa rental market in 2021 Due to the total travel shutdown, the overall Asia Pacific market reduced…

Hello everyone, I hope 2021 has been kind to you. It’s been a while since we last updated you, and I would like to share some exciting updates regarding what we’ve been up to and our plans for 2021. Villa Finder Goes to Europe Since borders closure, admittedly, we are not able to have you in our beautiful villas. However, Villa Finder was not idle in 2020. We focused our efforts on finding amazing villas in more destinations, with the hope that when borders reopen, we can bring the Villa Finder Concierge Experience to you at your destination of choice. I’m happy to share that we now have 3000+ villas in over 14 countries. Some of our latest additions are Tuscany (Italy), Ibiza, Mallorca (Spain), Provence and the French Alps (France). If you can travel domestically, lucky you, as the holiday rentals in these destinations are simply stunning. Take a…

“Oh, you are in Phuket today.” That’s how we would like to start our weekly team meeting at Villa Finder. We can’t physically be there, unfortunately. So we change our Zoom backgrounds from time to time (more like, once a week). As we have an amazing portfolio of stunning villas, and therefore, access to gorgeous images that we can use to ease our urge to travel. We are sharing some of our favourites below. If you want, feel free to download the photos and use them for your meetings! Relaxing beach views Grand Villa Noi, PhuketWhile Natai Beach is not as popular as Patong, it is equally impressive. You can easily find restaurants and bars in the area, and the sunset show is exactly what you always imagine. Grand Cliff Nusa Dua, BaliHot of the press: Bali is amongst the top post-pandemic destinations. Well, with natural blessings like this, we…

Since 2012, our contribution in helping the global reforestation efforts started with a simple idea; for every villa booking made, we plant a tree. Villa Finder’s growing Mangrove forest Our founders envisioned a process where Villa Finder guests would contribute to a tree planting project that didn’t involve any extra costs (to guests) and without lifting a finger. Enter ReforestAction and NGO Project Yagasu, Villa Finder’s partners in the Mangrove Reforestation Project. 8 years and counting, we have worked with our partners to plant mangrove trees in Sumatra, Indonesia. To date, 6,800 trees have been planted and are slowly but surely taking root and reaching deep into the forest soil to help to restore healthy ecosystems. Over the years, our small forest has made an impact in: Providing clean waterReplanting mangrove trees helps prevent saline water intrusion and keeps underground water sources remain clean and free of seawater. This is…

“What’s for lunch?”, “Where should we go for dinner?” “Is it family-friendly?” Sound familiar? These questions don’t just haunt you when your stomach starts to rumble or when it’s your turn to pick a spot for a family lunch, they are relentless and creep into your holiday even when it’s clear there are about 10 restaurants on the street to choose from. If you ask us, it’s especially harder when restaurants in destinations like Bali have been extensively reviewed and photographed through everyone’s favourite FOMO app, Instagram. There’s a secret to selecting the best restaurant or spa experience in Bali that doesn’t need too much googling or jumping on trip advisor to research and read reviews- just ask a local, and that’s what we did! We asked our local friends in Bali and most importantly, we asked ourselves. The Villa Finder team live and breathe the Bali life so are…

In our first Asia Pacific Villa Rental Market Research 2017, we focused on how the villa rental market was picking up fast and growing with an annual rate of 18.3%. The market at the time accounted for $390 million of the global $120 billion vacation rental market. Two years on, we aim to re-evaluate the market and chart the growth of new destinations for villa rentals, as well as deep dive into the markets struggling to stay competitive. This study will also touch on how travellers are affected overall, as well as what villa owners and investors must double down on to successfully capture demand in the Asia Pacific. Market trends The overall Asia Pacific market grew by 12% in the past 2 years, reaching US$440m. There’s an increase in villa supply across various destinations. Bali is still the biggest market with over 4,000 villas. It is interesting to note…